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Human beings are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.
From the first principle of the "Rio Declaration on Environment and Development"
The Latvian Association of Bone, Joint and Connective Tissue Diseases` Patients was established on May 8, 1998 as a voluntary non-governmental organization to protect the interests of patients suffering from bone, joint and connective tissue - rheumatic - diseases.
The Latvian Association of Bone, Joint and Connective Tissue Diseases` Patients works to contribute integration of rheumatic diseases` patients and people with disabilities into society, to improve patients` quality of life by educating and promoting their full and equal participation in all fields of society development, to defend their rights, to enlighten the public on issues of rheumatic diseases` prevention and rising of patients` co-responsibility.
Main tasks of the association
The association includes both legal and natural persons - children and adults, their family members, doctors and everyone who cares about public health and healthcare work in Latvia. Currently the association enlists about six hundred members.
The association has regional branches in Cesis, Jelgava, Jekabpils, Liepaja, Liepa parish (Cesis district) and Riga.
Associations` branches organize lectures of doctors and other specialists, as well as gymnastics, Nordic walking, swimming and handicrafts interest groups. There are ensembles established in Cesis and Liepaja. In Cesis a ladies` dance group performs. Annual celebrations and other festivals are held, as well as tours around Latvia and neighbouring countries, excursions for "slow walkers" and other activities are organized. Twice a year we meet in broader seminars in Riga - during Spring General Meeting in May and at World Arthritis Day Conference in October.